Blog Tour Stop – Looking West by Albert Nasib Badre

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“The plane descended, and I could see the city’s hilly landscape meandering down to the blue Mediterranean . . . Would Beirut be the same today, in 1974, as it was when I left in 1960? Had I accomplished what I youthfully boasted I would all those years ago? As I watched Beirut approach, my mind traveled back to 1960, to the day my life changed forever.”

Synopsis

In 1960, the Badre family emigrates from Beirut, Lebanon to the United States, a dream come true for fourteen-year-old Nasib.

Nasib struggles to assimilate as a teen in Albany, New York. With limited English skills, he attempts to learn new customs, make friends, and adapt to a different culture. In Beirut, the Badre family was well-known and socially privileged. In America, they are unknown bodies. Nasib adopts his father’s name “Albert,” and to further Americanize his name, young Albert becomes “Al.”

Despite the many frustrations and difficulties, Al’s ultimate goal is to become a successful American. The new anonymity actually inspires the young man. Excited by the opportunities available to him in his new country, he determines to make a potent contribution to society.

As he strives to adapt, Al reads voraciously, becoming increasingly interested in religion and philosophy. Books become his “American friends,” and reading soon prompts him to ask deep theological questions about his family’s Lebanese Protestant roots, his mother’s conversion to Catholicism, and the contrast between the Protestant and Catholic faiths. This ultimately leads to his Catholic conversion.

Al’s search for meaning in life leads him to social activism among New York City’s poorest. And, in time, to graduate studies, where his desire is to improve the human condition through information technology.

Al Badre – like many other American immigrants – works his way through hardship to achieve a meaningful place in his adopted nation.

I have always loved a book that is about someone’s life. I find it motivating, and understand a situation from someone else’s point of view. That is why I did not hesitate on signing up for this blog tour about this wonderful man.

Looking West is a mind-blowing book that swallows you in starting at the first page. Al has a heart of gold, and put others first in his education. He wanted to learn how to make society better for those who need it most.

I rate this wonderful book 5 ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ for the truthfulness and the wonderful way it was written. Great job Al!

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Blog Tour Stop: Black Madonna: The Pope’s Deadly Obsession by L. Lee Kane

What do you get when you cross The DaVinci Code and The Knight’s Templar? Black Madonna by L. Lee Kane

Synopsis

Luci de Foix was nine when her parents were killed in a car accident. But was it an accident? Unbeknownst to Luci, a group known as The Order, under the protection of the Pope, has been watching her family for many years, waiting fo the day that a diary written in the thirteenth century would be delivered to her family – a journal that contains a key to a lost codex – and they would do anything to get it. Early one morning, when Luci is twenty-nine, a bloodied young man delivers a book, claiming it’s from her late grandparents.

Plagued by panic attacks that have left her crippled, Luci struggles to overcome her fears, avenge the death of her family, and search for the lost codex. But who can she trust? Everyone seems intent on betraying her, even the gorgeous, enigmatic Max, a man with secrets of his own.

You should know by now that I love anything with drama and adventure, with some mystery and suspense mixed in. I truly enjoyed reading Black Madonna as it introduces you to the main character, Luci, as a child, and how she became who she in the present. It introduces you to characters from her childhood, and how everyone is linked today.

I just love how the book is written. Not too much detail, but it still gives you that feeling of being there, like you are a fly on the wall.

I give Black Madonna 5 ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ for the story, the atmosphere it presents, and the fact that it held my attention in this hard time that I have been through the last couple of weeks. I enjoyed it, and I recommend to you.

You can follow L. Lee Kane on the following sites to see what else she has written, and what is she is currently doing:

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